Recovering the lifestories of the most prominent Bolivian women in recent history is a core part of our work. Nowadays, Silvia Lazarte is out of political life and earns her live cultivating soybean in a little terrain in Santa Cruz Department.
Nevertheless, it was her who leaded the Bolivian Constituent Assembly between 2006 and 2007, being the first peasant woman occupying such a position in Latin America. She politically surged in the Trópico de Cochabamba as a union leader of coca growers and was a political companion to the current president Evo Morales.
As weel as several union and political leaders in Bolivia, incluying the president and some former ministers, Lazarte could not finish her secondary education due to economical limitations of her family. That was not an obstacle to play a major role in the so-called “process of change”, as the current political period which started with the electoral victory of the Movement towards Socialism (MAS) in 2005 is known.
We visited Lazarte in her terrain, where she received as to talk about her political experience.